Knowing Yourself Inside Out: Skin Types and Care

Everyone wants to look after their skin – to keep it looking and feeling as fresh and youthful as possible. The best way to achieve this is through a good quality skin care regime, using suitable products.

However, before you can choose the right skin care routine for you, it’s important that you know what type of skin that you have. Knowing your skin type is absolutely necessary if you are going to make the healthiest choices for your skin.

Your skin type is generally genetically decided – meaning that you are born with it. However, the health of your skin is entirely down to you. Factors such as your lifestyle, and how you take care of your skin, will all have an impact on how healthy your skin looks.

As a company who specialises in skin treatments such as skin peels and dermal filler in Birmingham, we can advise you on each of the skin types and the best skin care routines for these.

There are four common skin types: normal, oily, dry and sensitive.

Normal Skin

Normal skin is the least problematic – and is the skin type that everyone wants.

It should be smooth, firm and elastic, and feel vibrant and fresh. A normal skin type has good circulation, which allows it to look smooth and clean.

A skin care regime for someone with normal skin will be minimal – washing and moisturising should keep the skin looking even and bright.

Oily Skin

Oily skin happens when the sebaceous glands produce too much sebum or oil, which results in the skin having a shiny look. It mostly affects the face, neck, and back.

Oily skin is difficult as it can often leave your face looking and feeling greasy. People who suffer from oily skin often have enlarged pores – which break out into acne easily.

It’s more common for teenagers, especially when they are going through puberty. However, it can also be as a result of stress, or exposure to factors that cause the skin to produce more oil.

You should only wash your face twice a day – once in the morning and once at night. Oily skin needs to be washed regularly with gentle soap free cleansers.

Don’t scrub oily skin – you will be stimulating oil production!


 Dry Skin

Dry skin can be seen as the opposite to oily skin – it doesn’t retain enough sebum to produce a reasonable amount of oil. The lack of moisture leaves the skin looking dull and lifeless, and means you will be more prone to wrinkles and skin conditions.

Dry skin is easily irritated by changes in weather conditions – such as harsh wind and bitter coldness.

The skin is often flaky, and will feel tight after you have washed it.

People with dry skin should use regular skin care treatments – such as natural masks and moisturisers.

Sensitive Skin

Signs of sensitive skin could be nothing more than tingly skin, or you may experience constant redness of the skin. There is a spectrum of skin sensitivity that can range from mildly-irritated skin to skin conditions such as Eczema and Rosacea.

Our skin has a barrier that is there to keep our skin from being irritated. This barrier only works properly if our skin retains the right amount of moisture. Therefore, any circumstances that may lead to our skin drying out, such as cold weather and air conditioning, can weaken our skin barrier.

If you have sensitive skin, it’s important to not irritate it with products that contain perfumes or harsh chemicals – these are more likely to cause a reaction. Stick to products that are gentle on the skin, so they are less likely to cause skin problems.

You should also have a regular skin care routine in place – to help protect and preserve the skin’s natural health barrier. We suggest deep cleansing often to reduce the risks of sensitive skin.



Now that you have identified your skin type, you should be able to carry out the right skin care regimes necessary to keep your skin feeling healthy and looking fantastic.

However, if you feel like your skin needs more than a simple change in routine, we can help you out. At Fiona Clossick, we specialise in a range of beauty treatments that can help make you feeling 100% comfortable in your skin.

To find out more information about the treatments that we offer, please contact us on 07815904578 and a member of staff will be happy to help.


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